~ Essays ~
GENERAL APPEARANCE (see sample documents as examples of this formatting)
• The entire essay should be DOUBLE-SPACED (including longer quotations and the List of Works Cited) and written in twelve (12) point Times New Roman font.
• One inch (1") margins should surround the essay on all sides.
• In the upper right-hand corner of every page (including the first page), the author’s last name should appear, followed by the page number.
• The author’s personal information should appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page (*see section below titled “Essay Title and Personal Information”).
• Center the title below the personal information. It should not be bolded, italicized or underlined.
• You can use either one (1) or two (2) spaces after concluding punctuation marks (a period, a question mark or an exclamation point). Follow the advice of your instructor, and BE CONSISTENT.
• Use appropriate techniques for recognizing titles (*see section titled “Treatment of Titles”).
ESSAY TITLE AND PERSONAL INFORMATION
• An essay presented in MLA format is not preceded by a title page.
• Instead, your personal information should be placed in the top left-hand corner of the essay’s first page.
• The “Personal Information” should include (in this order from top down) student’s name, teacher’s name, course code and date handed in.
• This section is to be double-spaced along with the rest of the essay.
TREATMENT OF TITLES
• The titles of longer works (such as books, films and plays) should be underlined or italicized (e.g. The Great Gatsby or Macbeth).
• The titles of shorter works (such as short stories, essays and poems) should be in quotation marks (e.g. “Mirror Image” and “The Road Not Taken”).
• When identifying a title or a subtitle, CAPITALIZE the first word, the last word and all principal words. DO NOT capitalize the following parts of...